Reza Ali Khazeni Memorial Fellowship in Environmental Law

Students may contact the Southern Utah Wilderness Association (SUWA) or Western Resource Advocates for placement opportunities, or propose a placement of their own. If an applicant proposes his or her own placement, preference will be given to a proposed placement in a low-paying or non-paying not-for-profit environmental agency or organization, excluding a typical clerkship or internship with a governmental agency. (Also note: Within sixty days following completion of a placement, each fellowship recipient is required to submit a report to the selection committee describing his or her activities and evaluating the placement experience.)

$5,000 Stipend

This fellowship is open to students who will complete their first or second year of law school in May. While the applicant’s own financial need may be a positive factor in the selection of fellowship recipients, it shall not be a primary factor. Race, religion and gender shall not be factors whatsoever in the selection. The recipient must be a person who has unquestioned integrity, an exemplary character and excellent judgment; has the dedication and ability to be a professional and community leader; believes that a lawyer’s primary responsibility is to serve the broader public interest; and has demonstrated a proven commitment to preservation of the environment, as evidenced by academic, vocational and public service activities and focus. Prior fellowship recipients are ineligible for subsequent awards.

Application Requirements and Deadline
Applicants must provide a resume, a letter of recommendation from a College of Law faculty member, and a written statement that addresses personal qualifications and the characteristics of the proposed placement . Specifically, applicants should indicate the extent of the commitment they will make to the proposed project; i.e., how many hours per week they will work. Applicants should also indicate whether they will be paid anything or receive academic credit for their work. Finally, applicants should address the feasibility of and need for the work to be performed and the impact or benefit the work is likely to have on their career plans.

A letter from someone at the proposed agency or organization addressing the feasibility of and support for the project, as well as the benefit and impact the proposed project will have on that organization, also would be useful. The Selection Committee may conduct interviews of applicants.

Due: Spring semester

For Further Information

Please contact Professor Robert Keiter